New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs used Volvo XC90 T8

The Outlander PHEV is one of the best-selling hybrids in the UK, but would you be better off buying a two-year-old Volvo XC90 T8 for the same sort of money?...

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear
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12 May 2019 09:20

New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs used Volvo XC90 T8 – driving

The XC90's turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor produce a combined 316bhp, which is enough to make it a properly quick car. It can blast from 0-62mph in just 5.5sec and has enough power in reserve at higher speeds to ensure overtaking is easy.

Unfortunately, it's a very different story in the Outlander. While Mitsubishi doesn't quote a combined power figure, it's clearly a lot less than you get from Volvo, because 0-62mph takes 10.5sec and you end up revving the engine quite hard at times, at which point it starts to sound coarse. True, you do have to put up with more road noise in the XC90, but it's better than the Outlander at shutting out wind noise.

There's less of a difference when it comes to handling, with these tall, heavy cars both swaying around quite a bit in corners. However, the XC90 is still the more composed of the two, and its steering is more precise than the Outlander's, which is horribly numb, so never inspires confidence.

Similarly, both cars tend to thump over potholes around town, before becoming increasingly comfortable as speeds build, but it's the XC90 that has the more composed ride, particularly if you avoid examples with the optional 22in wheels.

Volvo XC90 rear

New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs used Volvo XC90 T8 – costs

Like all other hybrids, the Outlander is no longer eligible for the government's plug-in car grant. However, our Target Price mystery shoppers reckon you can haggle around £2500 off a top-spec model at your local dealer, bringing the purchase price down to £43,555, and you could potentially save even more if you use our New Car Buying service.

You should expect to pay slightly more for the XC90, with two-year-old examples that have an average mileage currently going for around £45,000. But it's likely to cost you less in depreciation; not only has someone else taken the initial hit, but also it's predicted to lose value at a slower rate than the Outlander going forward.

It's worth bearing in mind, though, that the XC90 will have only one year of its comprehensive warranty left, whereas the Outlander comes with five years of cover from new. Given that Volvo's reliability record isn't especially good (it finished 20th out of 31 brands in our 2018 Reliability Survey, 16 places behind Mitsubishi), you might want to consider taking out an extended aftermarket warranty.

The Outlander also comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, while the XC90 will have whatever's left of the eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty that it gets from new.

Both cars have official (NEDC) fuel economy figures north of 100mpg, although this is dependent on you doing lots of short drives and remembering to plug them in at every journey's end.

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